3rd Plum Island home to be demolished
PLUM ISLAND, Mass. (WHDH) -- On Monday, a third home battered by the past week’s storm will be torn down. Thirty other homes are also considered vulnerable after a series of nor’easters pummeled the coast this season.
The winter storm hit the house so hard you can now see the ocean through the floor.
These are the final few hours for Tom Nee's dream home on Plum Island. It's set to be torn down Monday. It’s the third house claimed by last week's devastating storm.
“It was easier to say 'let it go,'” said Nee.
The Nee family put $42,000 into the foundation and worked 60 days straight to save his home. Neighbors, friends and strangers all pitched in to help, but the house finally succumbed.
“We put 65 yards of concrete, 130,000 pounds, that’s what we put in to save the house. It took it out like little straws,” said Nee.
The rough seas are eating away at the home's foundation, and there's still fear it could topple over before it's taken down. It's a race against time.
“We’re gonna keep our fingers crossed, hope it doesn’t end up in the ocean,” said an official.
Frustration for some homeowners is growing as nearby homes are collapsing. Mark Greenberg has watched his property crumble, storm after storm.
“Think of a nice, good stick of butter and a hot knife came and just took it away,” said Greenberg.
He's fighting to keep whatever he can, but he says there are state regulations on how he can protect his home. He's afraid he could lose everything.
“There's a lot of people who live on the island that are frustrated. Let us protect our own homes, our property and let us make it a place that’s good for everyone,” said Greenberg.
In the wake of the storm, homeowners say the regulations are being waived, but for Tom Nee, there's nothing at this point he can do to keep his home.
“We're an endangered species out here,” said Nee.
State Senator Bruce Tarr has met with state and federal leaders to discuss drastic steps and decisions that need to be met now.
“We have to fix this. We’ve got 12 to 13 homes still in jeopardy where we stand,” said State Sen. Tarr.
Meanwhile, the disappearing beach is revealing a new danger to a critical water and sewage system that serves tens of thousands of people.
“If it’s breached it causes a problem not only for folks here on the island, but for Newbury and Newburyport where folks are served by parts of that system,” said Tarr.
Adding insult to injury, Nee has to pay for his home to be demolished, an estimated cost of anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.